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Old 03-13-2012, 07:49 PM   #1
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Vibe from front end when taking off

I just in the last week or so started getting a shaking or vibe from the what feels like the front end when starting off in 1st gear.
I've crawled under and grabbed ahold of everything I can think of and tried to move it back and forth...but nothing.
I thought it might be the tranny mounts but I checked and they seem to be fine also.
I did notice that I have a slight oil leak coming from what I think is a main seal leak. And the front pumpkin is covered in some fluid...I'm not sure if it's a DS leak or if it's coming from somewhere else.
I have a 4inch pro comp lift with 31's and a TC drop...all installed by the PO, if that helps.

Thanks in advance

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Old 03-13-2012, 08:29 PM   #2
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Having the same issue.

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Old 03-13-2012, 08:30 PM   #3
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could be a stabilizer have you replaced it ?
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Old 03-13-2012, 08:34 PM   #4
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I've been noticing mine has been doing the same in 1st and reverse, not all the time though. I thought it was clutch chatter but I just don't know. I just bought brown dog motor mounts, I'm going to put them on and a new trans mount in the next couple weeks. My originals have over 225k on them I figure its worth a try.
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Old 03-13-2012, 08:44 PM   #5
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could be the clutch... my '03 does the same thing on humid or rainy days. the humidity makes the clutch sticky and causes shuddering when under a load. but if something is seriously wrong with the clutch, it could do it all the time. keep an eye on it and see if it seems worse in certain conditions.
Torque it 'til it strips. Then back it off a quarter turn.
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Old 03-13-2012, 09:33 PM   #6
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Have you checked into death wobble? My 06 was doing that and I blew it off as the clutch till it got very bad. I discounted death wobble after grabbing and shaking everything. When i got concerned I check my suspension with a pry bar and found bad ball joint on the track bar and the tie rod. If you are on a 4 inch but still have the stock track bar that might be your culprit.
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Old 03-14-2012, 08:13 AM   #7
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I have not checked the stabilizer...I think mine is the original...what's the life expectancy on these?
The PO added a front trac bar and he told me that he was getting bad vibes over 45 so he also added a drop pitman and vibes went away. This is not the same really just rattles or shakes from the gear shift and front end ONLY on take off in 1st. It seems to be getting gradually worse.
Is there a way to check the clutch?
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Old 03-14-2012, 10:20 AM   #8
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I did my clutch not to long ago and I didn't see a way to check it without pulling it. It could be a clutch but i would definitely het the Jeep in the air take a pry bar and stick it between every ball joint and a mount point, use the leverage to check the joints. They might be bad but not bad enough to tell by hand.

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